TasPorts Chief Executive Officer Anthony Donald has confirmed TasPorts is working with cruise lines and industry stakeholders to accommodate unscheduled cruise ship calls around Tasmania, for the current season and the 2020-2021 cruise season.

“TasPorts is responding to requests from international cruise vessels investigating urgent itinerary changes away from Asia to Australia due to the Coronavirus,” he said.

To date, TasPorts has confirmed seven additional vessels to call to ports around Tasmania this season, including three to Hobart, two to Burnie and one to Port Arthur.

Mr Donald said “as cruise lines finalise itinerary changes, there may be further changes or additional bookings.

“This increase in visitation reflects the growing popularity of Tasmania as a key cruise destination and has been welcomed by tourism operators around the state,” he said.

TasPorts actively supports Tourism Tasmania’s Sustainable Cruising Blueprint and is committed to enabling sustainable growth in the cruise sector.

Mr. Donald said “TasPorts continues to work with cruise lines and local stakeholders to ensure regional dispersal of vessels around the state.”